Friday, 12 October 2012

Ada Lovelace Day

Women geeks.

This whole concept annoys me!

Why do people need to put the word women in front of geek as if geek was an inherently male concept?

This movement is to do what? Attract more women into technology/IT/ and maybe even science? (Though scientists are not in my opinion geeks...they are something else entirely.) It is not attracting me.

Frontispiece to Frankenstein 1831.jpg

I have worked in and at nerdy workplaces for almost 20 years from the British government, Microsoft, Oxford University, to the BBC and BT (where not that long ago there was 2 female toilets in a multiple storey building "for the secretaries"). And I have always had women on my team. Because women are geeks. And can outdo geekiness in anyone else.

Why? Because the women I have worked with were creative problem solvers who loved their jobs; they were dead cool; wore the wrong clothes but tried hard (like most geeks) and were excellent colleagues who have gone on to attain great things. Many obsessive programmers just didn't have these skills - they could program well and tirelessly - but that imaginative element was missing. And yes, they weren't necessarily male either so don't make that assumption.

What this argument boils down to is geeks versus engineers? The industry needs more geeks and they can and should be of either sex.

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And btw Ada Lovelace was the first computer programmer. Male or Female.

N.B the image shows Frankenstein's monster written by the geeky Mary Shelley.

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